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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 25, 2008 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: DAVID CROSBY & The California Dream Estate

well.... i had been going back to some of the sacred albums, as you often do.... and for me, certainly Davis Crosby's IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME is in the upper echelon of records my little adolescent brain made deep connections with. fitting it got brought up today.......

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i can hear it anywhere and anytime and all those hard connections blink on and the synapses fire. truly a DREAMSTATE inducing record if ever there was one. and of course it is such a beautiful and organic marriage between jerry and phil and david -- as usual, the crosby vocal harmonies are ethereal. the dead boys provide the trippy ambiance.... especially PHIL who gets just a gorgeous tone on this album.

if you haven't heard this stuff before i am honored to push these tracks on you:

[...]Laughing -- listen to Phil's tone right from the get, BASSy but cuts through the acoustic guitar melange w/o overpowering... is that jerry on pedal steel?

[...]Music Is Love -- this opens the album and really sets the mood, you might want to try playin' it on your Takamine, but the kick is the vocal, WOW, sweet mix of Crosby and Neil Young

[...]Traction in the Rain -- no Phil on this one, just a delicious mix of strummed stringed instruments, including harp? and yet another transcendent vocal by David Crosby

This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-01-26 04:54:47

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2008-01-25 20:51:03

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Jan 26, 2008 12:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DAVID CROSBY & The California Dream Estate

Great post! Great album. That is Jerry playing pedal steel on "Laughing", one of the greatest solos Jerry ever played on a studio recording. Billy is on drums and Joni Mitchell is on background vocals. I'm listening to it right now on headphones. Hypnotic stuff. Cosmic American music in the highest degree. Jerry's solo tells you the story...

These same recording sessions also spilled over into "Blows Against The Empire", the first Starship album which Kantner and Slick were recording in the same recording studio, Wally Heider's. Garcia,Crosby, Hart and Lesh played on that great album too.

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 26, 2008 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DAVID CROSBY & The California Dream Estate

I wore out my first copy of this, bought a second in mint condition at a record fair, turned that into a CD when the technology came along, then bought the CD when it was released. It still sounds fresh today, and it pleases me that young relatives and their friends dig it.

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